Friday, May 25, 2012
#43 (1998) and #41 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Movies List
King Kong is a Pre-Code 1933 monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay was by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman from a story by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to good reviews.
The film tells of a gigantic island-dwelling ape creature called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. Kong is distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and its musical score by Max Steiner. The film has been released to video, DVD, and Blu-ray, and has been computer colorized. In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It has been remade twice: once in 1976 and again in 2005.
* Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham
* Bruce Cabot as Jack Driscoll
* Fay Wray as Ann Darrow
* Frank Reicher as Captain Englehorn
* James Flavin as Briggs
* Victor Wong as Charlie the Cook